Have you heard about Sunday brunch at Berkeley’s Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple? If not, I recommend you add it to your weekend calendar (provided you have a rain free Sunday in the forecast!) It’s an authentic and interesting experience for the entire family. Here are the basics:
- Upon entering the back yard, you’ll see two lines forming (one for meat dishes and the other for vegetarian.) There’s actually a third line for desserts, but I assume most people finish with those.
- Cash only! You’ll need to head over and trade in your cash for tokens before ordering and standing in (what tends to be) long lines.
- Seating is plentiful, but expect to get cozy and meet your neighbors. Many families sprawl out and let the kids play in the grassy lawn.
- Of everything I tried, my very favorite is the Kanom krok, which are rice flour pancakes with a creamy filling. Not to be missed.
- Parking can be a pain…but it’s Berkeley, so this is not surprising to anyone, right? Be prepared to make some loops and wait for a spot to open up. It will happen. It always does.
- Brunch hours are from 10am-1pm, every Sunday.
Wat Mongkolratanaram, 1911 Russell St. Berkeley, CA
Where are your favorite child-friendly, Bay Area brunches? Let me know in the comments!